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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Apr 13, 2011 10:58am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Remove this now

"Some works haven't been seen nor heard for at LEAST two generations,... so we have grubbers out there willing to prevent the rest of us from this heritage? There aren't enough buyers around to make publishing worth it so the works are STILL kept under wraps jus' because some company wants to hoard it all?"

This is the aspect of copyright that has long perplexed me. Take, for example, "The Shadow". There are over 300 novels in the series and (as far as I know)the only legal way to find them is to dig out a used copy somewhere. Nothing is currently in print, and the owners seem to have no plans to release them ever again. What, then, is the point of maintaining copyright in such cases?

If the holder is not making any money from it, and has no plans to make future money from it, why go to the trouble of keeping it?

Laurel and Hardy are another case. Much of what's available domestically is out-of-print, or repackaged into many little collections. But I could get a 21-disk legal/commercial release of their work--nearly 70 hours of material--from the UK for about $75.

Could someone who understands economics better than I do tell me why these practices make sense?